Metropole Cinema

160 Victoria Street,
London, SW1E 5LB

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rasLXR
rasLXR on May 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Ken Ian Oklahoma was the first Todd Ao at the Metropole it opened on Boxing Day 1959. Can-Can opened march 26th 1960.

http://in70mm.com/library/70mm_in/england/london/index.htm

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 27, 2010 at 7:32 am

Details and photographs of the Wultitzer organ:
http://www.ukwurlitzer.co.cc/2013.html

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Thanks Guys for al the info.

Ian
Ian on September 27, 2010 at 1:47 am

Façade during conversion to a restaurant, auditorium had gone by this point:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/5028623247/

JakeHolman
JakeHolman on September 7, 2007 at 8:16 am

The epic film “The Sand Pebbles” enjoyed a ‘Royal Premiere’ at the Metropole on April 5, 1967.

For more details on the premiere go to:

View link

whilest
whilest on October 29, 2006 at 4:19 am

Many thanks Ken.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 29, 2006 at 3:48 am

Currently known as ASK Pizza Restaurant (using the former foyer space).

whilest
whilest on October 29, 2006 at 1:12 am

Does anyone know the name of the restaurant on the remains of the site of the Metropole?

Dave2
Dave2 on February 8, 2006 at 3:40 pm

I remember seeing Lawrence Of Arabia here on a giant 70mm projection screen in the ‘60s. I am sure the management turned up the heating to enhance the effect of the movie because there was a big rush for ice cream during the intermission. The cinema though seemed rather old and uncared for, which may have suited the period setting of the movie, bit did not auger well for its future. Comfortable as many old movie old palaces were in a decaying sort of way. Part of a lost era I suppose.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 11, 2005 at 10:29 am

Noel Coward’s “Brief Encounter” starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson. Directed by David Lean (GB) 1945

A short sequence in this movie was filmed in the auditorium of the Metropole Cinema in May 1945. The couple are sitting in the front circle and are watching a trailer to a movie “Flames of Passion” (not a real movie). The organist (played by Irene Handle) is seen on the Wurlitzer organ at the intermission and there is glimpse of the lower part of the proscenium arch. No exterior shots of the Metropole are in the film, although some may have been filmed that went to the cutting room floor.

Although the auditorium has now been demolished there is still some of the original splendour of the 2 story high lobby to be seen in the restaurant that uses this space.

edgey2001
edgey2001 on November 22, 2004 at 8:24 am

According to some info from this website. http://home.clara.net/gw0hqd/brief/
The interior was used to film a sequence from the classic british film ‘ Brief Encounter’ .

brighton84
brighton84 on January 31, 2004 at 9:57 am

The facade as pictured and ‘dressing rooms’ area at the rear of the cinema remain standing and can be clearly seen from the street. It would be interesting to discover if any other part of the cinema has been left intact.